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    Default Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Hello all,

    Soon I will be going to NYC and intend to try a lot of niche perfumes. Of course, I'm interested in the Serge Lutens line - any *masculine* smelling frags in the line that are good to start with?
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    It depends on what you like, but I find Gris Clair to be an essential Serge sniffer. Lavender and incense, cool and hot.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Well, I'm in my early 20's, so I don't want something that will make me smell like I'm trying too hard (in the words of Off-Scenter). I generally will take anything except for apple and cilantro. I don't really like overly sweet scents.

    Otherwise, I'm excited to try the line.
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    Ambre Sultan
    Chergui
    Gris Clair
    Arabie
    Cuir Mauresque

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    SL doesn't do "social scent", so sniff the maximum you can and let your brain choose :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    Well, I'm in my early 20's, so I don't want something that will make me smell like I'm trying too hard (in the words of Off-Scenter). I generally will take anything except for apple and cilantro. I don't really like overly sweet scents.

    Otherwise, I'm excited to try the line.
    If you don't like "overly sweet" scents, this will probably not be the line for you. Test Gris Clair, as has been mentioned, and Muscs Koublai Kahn if they have it. Those aren't sweet, but pretty much all of the SL line, leans toward the syrupy. I can't believe WillC suggested Arabie to somebody who wants a masculine scent that isn't sweet! Yikes!

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Well Tony, (nice name btw - that's my name too ) it's not that sweet scents BOTHER me, per se, it's just that I'm not exactly a fan of scents that are sweet to the point where that's only what they are - sweet and nothing else (e.g. The Dreamer, Pi).

    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions, though! I definitely have been wanting to try Muscs Koublaï Khän.....
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    Hey, Tony. If you're open to the sweeter ones, I'd say be sure to try Ambre Sultan and Fumerie Turque. I still have to maintain my "Yikes!" regarding Arabie, though! Have fun with your testing!

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Gris Clair
    Vetiver Oriental
    Ambre Sultan
    Chergui
    Five O'clock Au Gingembre
    Douce Amere
    Chene

    Smell all you can. Educate yourself. =)

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Many good suggestions, I would also cite one that does not get a lot of attention and is rarely mentioned but I find Daim Blond to be a great fragrance, very well balanced and confortable. One of the sleeper of the line.
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Not overly sweet:
    Gris Clair
    Five O'clock Au Gingembre
    Serge Noire

    And....try everything from this house.

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    From my own experiences, Chene does draw a slightly more masculine association, when compared to others.


    Quote Originally Posted by jss View Post

    And....try everything from this house.
    Oh, yes.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Thanks a lot everyone! I'll check the reviews and write 'em down
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    Gris Clair
    Chene
    Borneo 1834
    L'Eau (fresh, much different from most in the line)

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    Serge Noire... it's about as manly as it gets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    Well Tony, (nice name btw - that's my name too ) it's not that sweet scents BOTHER me, per se, it's just that I'm not exactly a fan of scents that are sweet to the point where that's only what they are - sweet and nothing else (e.g. The Dreamer, Pi).

    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions, though! I definitely have been wanting to try Muscs Koublaï Khän.....
    MKK?? woooww :P nasty and beautiful.. definitely a must try from lutens.. but like i said, many call it nasty/dirty.. let us know if you liked it

    i suggest daim blond.. classy, unique & easy to love.. cool suedey scent
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    Given Grottola's criteria, Fille en Aiguilles, Gris Clair, Chêne, and Cuir Mauresque would be my first recommendations.

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    Nothing Safe in SL, and almost all of them are unisex. Having said that; Chergui and Ambre Sultan.

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    All of them require at least 15 min of sniffing on your skin before judging them. Do not make any decision after 3 min of blotter sniffing, what will grow on your skin is completely different and some of them are among the least linear scents on the market (e.g. with Serge Noire, you will get 3 or 4 fragrances for the price of one).

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    If you will try masculine fragrances, then look further!

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    Now that most of them have been reformulated, being suitable for 'beginners' shouldn't be an issue...

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Picture Morocco when you sample them.
    It is an easier way to understand the artistic point of view for the whole line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CX827 View Post
    Picture Morocco when you sample them.
    And the glamorous Moroccan castles/mansions that he and the cream of the French elite reside in... thanks to your money.

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    ^That's true too.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    L'Eau to begin with. it's the closest lutens got bridging designer flavors to waht he does.. you could then sample Chergui, Serge Noire, MKK (it;s not tht scary, beleive me on that! ), if you liked A*Men, then Boreneo 1834 should be the next. if you ever like Gucci Envy, then you could relate to 5'O clock gingembre followed by the seminal Arabie... im sure by now your nose would be tired...

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    There is no logical progression to the line as each fragrance drew inspiration from a variety of subjects. Just sample as many as you can. And sample fragrance lines from other houses. Then go back to review the Serge Lutens and decide for yourself if your initial impressions have changed.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by CX827 View Post
    Picture Morocco when you sample them.
    It is an easier way to understand the artistic point of view for the whole line.
    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    And the glamorous Moroccan castles/mansions that he and the cream of the French elite reside in... thanks to your money.
    ((giggle))

    As has already been mentioned, try Gris Clair. They have them at Bergdorf Goodman's, Aedes and Barneys (I think).

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Sample as many you can. Pay special attention to those you find intriguing and compelling yet not exactly love at first sniff. In my experience, the Lutens scents for which I develop a deeper appreciation and understanding over time are the scents I come to love and admire. Approach with an open mind and plenty of patience.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Of course, trying as many as possible is the best solution, but my personal SL favorite remains Chypre Rouge, which I fondly recommend

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Thank you all for your suggestions.

    I arrived today and tried Serge Noir (awesome), Gris Clair (awesome), 5 O'Clock Gingembre (not my style, it was okay), MKK (VERY STRONG but different and interesting! I wouldn't wear it though), and....

    Vetiver Oriental, my favorite so far. Sunday I'll have time to try more.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon-Petit View Post
    SL doesn't do "social scent", so sniff the maximum you can and let your brain choose :-)
    I agree. My advice would be to completely throw away any preconceived notions about your personal tastes and what you think you should smell like. I'm an early 20s guy too, I don't care for overly sweet scents, and I don't want to smell like I'm trying too hard either, but SL scents don't exactly "fit" any mainstream genres. If you go in, with no barriers set, you're bound to come away with some winners. Personally I love the line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    Well Tony, (nice name btw - that's my name too ) it's not that sweet scents BOTHER me, per se, it's just that I'm not exactly a fan of scents that are sweet to the point where that's only what they are - sweet and nothing else (e.g. The Dreamer, Pi).

    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions, though! I definitely have been wanting to try Muscs Koublaï Khän.....
    That's another thing I'd like to mention. Scents that are SWEET in the designer world, are generally poorly constructed, synthetic sweet scents, thus they can be very overbearing. The very good sweet scents in niche, tend to be far better balanced, and can be appreciated more easily. Chergui for example, many would say is quite sweet, but it's got enough spices and incense to dry it out and ground it into a wearable and amazing fragrance.
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    Chergui and Ambre Sultan seem to be the most popular in the line.

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    Chergui smells amazing. For me personally, it is totally unwearable though, it's really syrupy sweet.
    I was not impressed by Ambre Sultan and MKK.

    I'm also in my 20's btw.

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    Definitely try Chergui.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    Thank you all for your suggestions.

    I arrived today and tried Serge Noir (awesome), Gris Clair (awesome), 5 O'Clock Gingembre (not my style, it was okay), MKK (VERY STRONG but different and interesting! I wouldn't wear it though), and....

    Vetiver Oriental, my favorite so far. Sunday I'll have time to try more.....
    If you like Vetiverver Oriental, you better grab a bottle quick. I read somewhere that it's being removed from the export line. You should also check out the other fragrances that SL brought out from their exclusive line on a limited release. MKK is one of them, but you've tried it already. You should also try Borneo 1834 and Chene (if you can find it).

    Personally, I wouldn't encourage you to try too many because you'll get very poor very quickly

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Trying Chergui, Chêne, Ambre Sultan, Borneo 1834 and Daim Blond tomorrow....
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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Well, it was a hell of a tough choice to make, but I found Vetiver Oriental to be my favorite of the line, and ended up purchasing it. Vetiver is one of my favorite notes and the way it was executed in Vetiver Oriental is something awesome and unlike anything I've ever smelled.

    As far as the rest of the scents I tried.....

    Chergui was a delicious syrupy tobacco. An extremely rich scent that I strongly considered buying. Is this what Tobacco Vanille smells like?

    Ambre Sultan was a very spicy and sweet fragrance. I didn't really like it at first, but the drydown was nice.

    Chêne
    was one of the best woodsy scents I've ever smelled. Quite rich and syrupy, though.

    Borneo 1834 smelled like an expensive, refined A*Men to me. I loved the usage of patchouli....and A*Men is one of my least favorite scents.

    Daim Blond was interesting. A floral/musky leather. A bit too feminine for my tastes, though.

    Once again, thank you all for the suggestions and kind tidbits!
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    congrats on your purchase.. sounds awesome..
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    Chêne, not an easy one but probably the most masculine
    Miel de bois
    Gris clair
    Un Bois Sepia
    Cuir Mauresque
    Fumerie Turque

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    Hello all,

    Soon I will be going to NYC and intend to try a lot of niche perfumes. Of course, I'm interested in the Serge Lutens line - any *masculine* smelling frags in the line that are good to start with?
    Fille en Aiguilles.
    A wild poem of pine needles, resins, smoke, amber.
    A must have!

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    Great choice on the Vetiver Oriental. I was getting tired of Vetivers, but this one is just a masterpiece. It doesn't do enough for a lot of people, but I find its development damn near perfect without being overpowering. The closing musk note is my favorite ever - I ended up getting a bottle of MKK and layer a spray with Vetiver Oriental to bring out the musk note earlier. Not sure if Mr Lutens would approve, but those two scents together are just perfect.

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    Default Re: Serge Lutens scents for beginners

    Indeed, Steve, I love Vetiver Oriental's smoothness. I will have to try layering it!
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